According to About.com's Top 10 Furniture Trends of the Decade, Duobed falls into category #3 - Multifunctional Furniture. Especially when you are looking for extra storage space. Here is a little sample from the article:
The top 10 furniture trends of the decade came about the way trends in furniture always do, dictated by who is buying, and how they live. Trends should not to be confused with fads, which are fickle, but should be seen as the undercurrents that drive what you see.
Some of the forces working behind the furniture trends for this decade are that furniture buyers are younger, and women, with more buying power than ever, are more involved in choosing and buying furniture. Technology is an integral part of our lives, the globe seems to be shrinking, and there is a rising concern for the environment.
1. Furniture Going Green Green furniture has always been available, but now it seems to be going mainstream. Environmental concerns such as awareness of how deforestation impacts climate change and the effects of toxic finishes on the air inside homes have led furniture buyers to demand green furniture.
Manufacturers are transitioning into greener resources and ways of production. In the last decade furniture imports rose due to lower costs, but the concern for a smaller carbon footprint is behind the beginning of a gradual shift towards locally manufactured furniture.
Diminishing resources and pollution concerns have led to more recycled or repurposed materials. Material from torn down buildings is being used for furniture as a step taken to reduce landfills. More »
2. Furniture With a Smaller Profile
Since our living spaces are shrinking, this decade has seen furniture with a smaller profile.
Large and ponderous furniture pieces seem out of place in today's shrinking homes. The shift towards smaller piece also goes hand in hand with a liking for less ornate furniture, and a preference for a more contemporary style.
Since rooms are smaller more streamlined furniture seems to be the logical choice for consumers making an efficient use of the available space.
Recliners and chairs with a smaller profile are becoming increasingly available as a result of women wanting to buy furniture more suited to their preferences. More »
3. Multifunctional Furniture
Multifunctional furniture is not a new concept by any means. But it has really come into its own as there is a rising demand for it. This could also be a factor of smaller space living.
When space is at a premium, you need furniture that can perform multiple tasks. A lot of buyers are looking for extra storage to reduce clutter. You can find storage in tables, under beds, and also in entertainment consoles.
Multifunctional furniture is not just for added storage alone, it can serve any number of additional uses other than its main function. Multifunctional furniture can be used for sleeping guest or even pets, as shown in this picture. More »
Read the full article here: Top 10 Furniture Trends of the Decade